Category Archives: Legislation

EPA Publishes Chemical Safety Framework Rules

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released three final rules as required under the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (LCSA) passed one year ago to reform and update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The rules establish EPA’s procedures for evaluating and regulating chemicals in commerce. The new rules and other documents will affect not […]

Three RoHS Exemption Extensions are Official

Earlier this week, the European Union (EU) officially published three RoHS exemption extensions.  The extensions, collectively known as Pack 7, concern the use of lead and cadmium in reflective and optical glass, and the use of lead in bearing shells and bushes for certain compressors. Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1009 of 13 March 2017 amending, […]

OECD Public Consultation on Due Diligence Guidance for Supply Chain Issues

The Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) is currently developing a general OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct and Companion to the Due Diligence Guidance to provide practical support to companies on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Both the U.S. Dodd-Frank and the recent EU legislation reference the OECD […]

 OSHA Extends Record-Keeping Violation Window to Five Years

On December 16, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule which extends the government’s window for citing employers for failing to record on-the-job injuries or illnesses from six months to five years. The rule overturns a 2012 federal appeals court ruling, commonly called Volks II, which upheld a six-month statute of […]

What will Happen to the DOL Final Overtime Rule with the New Administration?

IPC continues to address issues with the Department of Labor (DOL) final overtime rule on its own and by working with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity—the coalition of companies and associations from many different industries. IPC’s significant concerns with the final rule are that it neglects to consider regional pay differences, wage compression on […]

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Halting DOL Overtime Rule

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Department of Labor final overtime rule that would double the minimum salary threshold for salaried employees, indefinitely postponing the December 1 effective date while he weighs challenges to the rule. IPC has been mobilizing our members on this issue for months; and we’ve collaborated with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, a broad-based business coalition, in advocacy […]

Fern Abrams to Present on U.S. Chemicals Regulation at Prestigious Electronics Goes Green Conference

On September 7, Fern Abrams, IPC’s director of regulatory affairs and government relations, will present at Electronics Goes Green 2016+ Conference in Berlin, Germany. Her presentation, “Evolution of U.S. Chemicals Regulation: Updating the Toxic Substances Control Act for the 21st Century” will provide an overview of the main U.S. Chemicals Regulation, the Toxic Substances Control […]

IPC Concerned by EU Consultant Recommendations on RoHS Exemptions

IPC’s RoHS Exemptions workgroup and other industry members are deeply concerned that the recommendations recently provided to the EU Commission by their consultants will have a significant negative impact on the industry.  Many of the recommendations provide for only a two-year renewal and reword the current exemptions in ways that will lead to increase in […]

EU Conflict Minerals Negotiators Reach Agreement

On June 16, the European Union (EU) Commission, Council and Parliament agreed on a framework for conflict minerals legislation. Overall, the legislation will be less burdensome for IPC members and the electronics industry than previously proposed. While the EU Commission had originally proposed a voluntary system, the EU Parliament had voted for mandatory requirements for […]

Product Compliance Requires Supply Chain Transparency

By Tord Dennis, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Changes to the RoHS, REACH, and conflict minerals regulations make the need for supply chain transparency more crucial than ever. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2015 that the 0.1% threshold for notifying SVHCs ( Substances of Very High Concern) in articles applies to “each of […]